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    Edible Flowers

    Tour of the Edible Flowers

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    Linden (Lime Tree blossom): Small flowers, white to yellow was are delightfully fragrant and have a honey like flavour, main ingredient in Linden (Lime Blossom tea).

    Honeysuckle: Sweet honey flavour, amazing in teas. A word of warning though, the berries are highly poisonous!

    Fennel: Star-burst yellow flowers have a mild aniseed flavour. Use with desserts or cold soups, or as a garnish with entrees – obvious affinity with fish.

    Carnations: Carnations can be steeped in wine or used as cake decoration. To use the surprisingly sweet petals in desserts, cut them away from the bitter white base of the flower. Dianthus is the miniature member of the carnation family with light clove-like or nutmeg scent. Petals add colour to salads or aspics. Carnation petals are one of secret ingredients that have been used to make Chartreuse, a French liqueur, since the 17th century.

    Anise Hyssop: Is a perennial herb that is known for its aniseed scented foliage. It has violet coloured flowers that bloom in July. The flowers are used in seasonings and for making teas.

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    Dandelion greens are cooked with chopped onion, minced garlic, chile pepper, then topped with grated Parmesan cheese.

    The dandelion is a healthful, great tasting weed you can eat

    NEED FOR WATER The subject of man and water in the desert has generated considerable interest and confusion since the early days of World War II when the U. S. Army was preparing to fight in North Africa. At one time the U. S. Army thought it could condition men to do with less water by progressively reducing their water supplies during training. They called it water discipline. It caused hundreds of heat casualties. A key factor in desert survival is understanding the relationship between physical activity, air temperature, and water consumption. The body requires a certain amount of water for a certain level of activity at a certain temperature. For example, a person performing hard work in the sun at 43 degrees C requires 19 liters of water daily. Lack of the required amount of water causes a rapid decline in an individual's ability to make decisions and to perform tasks efficiently.

    BITES AND STINGS Insects and related pests are hazards in a survival situation. They not only cause irritations, but they are often carriers of diseases that cause severe allergic reactions in some individuals. In many parts of the world you will be exposed to serious, even fatal, diseases not encountered in the United States. Ticks can carry and transmit diseases, such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever common in many parts of the United States. Ticks also transmit the Lyme disease. Mosquitoes may carry malaria, dengue, and many other diseases. Flies can spread disease from contact with infectious sources. They are causes of sleeping sickness, typhoid, cholera, and dysentery. Fleas can transmit plague. Lice can transmit typhus and relapsing fever. The best way to avoid the complications of insect bites and stings is to keep immunizations (including booster shots) up-to-date, avoid insect-infested areas, use netting and insect repellent, and wear all clothing properly. If you get bitten or stung, do not scratch the bite or sting, it might become infected. Inspect your body at least once a day to ensure there are no insects attached to you. If you find ticks attached to your body, cover them with a substance, such as Vaseline, heavy oil, or tree sap, that will cut off their air supply. Without air, the tick releases its hold, and you can remove it. Take care to remove the whole tick. Use tweezers if you have them. Grasp the tick where the mouth parts are attached to the skin. Do not squeeze the tick's body. Wash your hands after touching the tick. Clean the tick wound daily until healed.

    The Black Rat Snake is a good snake but the juveniles are mistaken for poisonous snakes, becasue most people think they are always all black they do not turn all black until later in life. These snakes are a must for rat and mice control.....let him live... Description Neonates and juveniles are boldly patterned with 28-40 dark blotches on a gray background. A dark diagonal eye stripe extends from in front of the eye and runs to the margin of the mouth. The dorsal pattern remains discernible almost down to tail tip. The juvenile dorsal pattern usually fades to a solid black as the snake approached 3 to 4 feet in total length. However, in some individuals a slight hint of the juvenile pattern my be retained for life. The juvenile eastern ratsnake pictured below is approximately 16 in. in total length.

    The Western Diamondback Rattlesnake